Jordan Lake has four sandy public swim beaches—Ebenezer, Parkers Creek, Seaforth day use areas. All have showers and change areas, bathrooms, playgrounds for kids. Water safety remains a key issue at Jordan, Closely supervise children and be sure they have personal floatation devices (PFDs) when they are in or near the water.
The fourth day use area with a swim beach is White Oak (off US 64) and available to the public when it’s not rented for a private event. It’s usually open on busy weekends, holidays.
Swimming is not allowed anywhere else at the lake though campers at Poplar Point, Vista Point, Crosswinds Campground can swim at campground beaches.
Seaforth, off US 64 on the Pittsboro side of the lake, is the largest with 1,100 feet of beach and normally the busiest. Parkers Creek, across the road from Seaforth, is the oldest and smallest, but swim area is protected from boaters. It has a basketball goal that’s often pictured when are floods following big storms.
Seaforth has boat ramps with large parking lot, tot lot play areas for ages 5-12, sand volleyball court, picnic area with grills, upgraded short hiking trail, ideal for children.
Pets, alcohol are not allowed at any beach.
Ebenezer is off SR 1008, a few miles from the Wilsonville traffic light on 64. Ebenezer is often quieter and usually the best spot for boardsailing on windy days, with Vista Point second. Vista is the focal point for traditional sailing and the starting point for swim races and triathlons. Ebenezer has sand volleyball court, kids playground. Beaches at Ebenezer and Seaforth are handicap accessible.
No lifeguards are on duty anywhere and parents are reminded to watch their children closely because the beach areas have differing slopes and depths. Generally, Seaforth has a gradual slope while Ebenezer and Parkers are steeper. All swim areas are marked off by yellow barriers in the water. Swim inside enclosed area only.
All public beaches have life jacket trees with infant, child and adult size PFDs. Use them but put them back. Very few are lost or stolen, park officials said, though some wear out from heavy use.
“People use them a lot,” a park staffer told CSN. But drownings do occur at the lake (one each in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, but none in 2016) and water safety remains a major focus of public agencies like Corps of Engineers, State Parks operating at the lake. Safety awareness signs are in both English and Spanish. Never swim alone. Wear a life jacket when swimming or boating. “It floats, you don’t!” signs warn.